School District No. 69 Qualicum
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School Bus Information

Current year (2020-21) information 

Due to the COVID 19 restrictions we have  had to reduce  rider capacity on the buses by 1/3 . With that information in mind, the process continues to be the same for submitting bus pass applications: 

Eligible riders - Submit bus pass application by fax or email (information on form); bus pass will be issued and sent to the school for pick up; because buses cannot transport unregistered riders it is important that your child is registered

Courtesy riders - Continue to send in the bus pass application and you will be notified if/when you can purchase a courtesy bus pass.    

Walk Limits - As per Policy 7054 walk limits are 

    • K - Gr. 7     3.2 KM with the exception of BES, EES and NBES which have a walk limit of 1.5 KM
    • Gr. 8 - 12    4.8 KM

Bus Pass Fees - $0.00        -  eligible rider    ( within catchment area & outside of walk limit); $125.00/yr - courtesy rider  (within catchment area and within walk limits or outside of catchment area) 

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2021-22 School Year Bus Pass Information and Procedure
As we get ready for the upcoming school year, it is important to note the changes being made to the Bus Pass Procedure. 

ELECTRONIC BUS PASS SYSTEM 
  • Starting with the new school year, the district is implementing an electronic bus pass system, referred to as ZPass.  This allows the district to track, in real time, which bus a student traveled on and when/where they got on/off.  Students will be issued, after the application process is completed, a lanyard with a bus pass which is encoded with a tracking #; students will be required to scan the card when boarding and leaving the bus both morning and afternoon.
  • This bus pass will stay with the child throughout their school years with SD#69(Qualicum).  At the end of each school year, the passes will be deactivated (student keeps the pass).  After the application process is completed for the following year, the pass will be reactivated.  A child in kindergarten could have the same pass for 13 years! Replacement bus passes are $15.00; family will be responsible for replacing the lanyard.
  • Similar to what is currently being done, eligible rider bus passes will be processed first, with a cut off date, followed by courtesy riders and any eligible riders that missed the cut off, as space allows.
  • If your child is continually not riding the bus, you will be notified and the bus pass will be deactivated.
BUS PASS PROCEDURE
  • June 9 - July 30, 2021 - ELIGIBLE ONLY bus pass applications will be accepted & processed on a first come/first served basis.  
    • If a bus reaches capacity, an Eligible Rider Wait List will be created.  You will be notified if you are put on this list.
    • Distribution of bus passes - see below for the process
    • Courtesy rider applications will not be received at this time, so please do not send them in!
  • August 3, 2021 onwards - Courtesy rider applications, as well as eligible that missed the above cut off date, will be received and processed on a first come/first served basis as space is available on the bus route(s) requested.  
    • Courtesy riders that are offered a space on the bus will be notified and asked to make the payment.  When payment is received, the bus pass will be issued (see below for distribution process).  
    • If payment is not made within 1 week of being offered the space, the application will be re-dated and put at the bottom of the pile.
    • If a bus reaches capacity, a wait list will be created. 
COMPLETING THE BUS PASS APPLICATION FORM
  • If unsure which form to use - refer to the "School Locator" on the school district website to determine
  • Be sure to read the 2021-2022 School Bus Information sheet found below
  • One form/child/address 
  • Parent/Guardian to complete sections 1,2,3 of the application form
  • If unsure of the stop name, refer to the 'School Bus Schedule' below.  Each school has a list of bus stops - find the closest one to your address
  • Fax or email the completed application form(s) to the number/email supplied on the form
BUS PASS DISTRIBUTION
  • Bus passes will be processed by the Transportation Dept. and sent to the school available for pick up, at the school office, starting August 23, 2021